After weeks full of uncertainty, challenges, and allegations of electoral fraud, the Peruvian National Jury of Elections decided that the 51-year-old communist Pedro Castillo won the elections and will be the next president of the country. With a difference of 44,263 votes, Castillo obtained 50.126% and Keiko Fujimori 49.874%.
Castillo is a union teacher who will now lead the Executive Branch under a government model of more state controls, nationalization, and foreign policy ruptures.
Castillo, leader of the Peru Libre party, for some years has been working as a teacher and was one of the leaders of the 2017 teachers’ union strike. In fact, he is linked to the Movement for Amnesty and Fundamental Rights (Movadef in Spanish), the political branch of Shining Path, a Maoist terrorist organization in Peru.
According to political analyst Jaime de Althaus, “Peru Libre’s government plan is by far the most radical, it is pure Castroism.”
No more free markets
“We currently live in an apparently renewed capitalist system, in an economic neoliberalism, called Social Market Economy, imposed since 1993 and since then it has gone against the interests of the great majorities of the country. To change this sad reality, it is necessary to propose adjustments in the economic field, most of them in a drastic way”, says Peru Libre’s government plan called Popular Economy with Markets.
Castillo has publicly stated that he will regulate private investment and reduce imports into the country. According to his government plan, the objective is that 80% of the profits of foreign companies remain in the hands of the state.
Castillo’s proposals are reminiscent of the actions implemented by Hugo Chávez in Venezuela, which caused the economic and humanitarian crisis that this country has been facing for years.
The Peruvian president proposes a new Constitution to move towards a “nationalizing state” that reserves the management of strategic resources.
In addition, he announces a massive nationalization of the Peruvian economy and of the main services such as air corridors, airports, railroads, ports, highways, pension services, among others.
Pedro Castillo claims to be an enemy of the United States and “imperialism”, while his plan warns that he does not advocate freedom of the press, but rather “a press committed to the education and cohesion of its people.”
On foreign policy, Castillo has publicly stated that he believes there is democracy in Venezuela, so he is expected to recognize the tyranny of Nicolás Maduro, expel officials of interim president Juan Guaidó and resume relations with the regime.
He will also support the Cuban tyranny and most governments considered enemies of the United States.